Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra


I’m in Hungary at the moment and as the weather is raining with 25mph winds I have stayed in to go through the images from the last few days of photography. On the first day I used the car as a hide and drove around the country lanes to see what i could find.  Different birds react in varying ways when approached slowly by car but Corn Bunting are quite easy to get close to.  This Corn Bunting was the first bird of the day and just minutes after the sun had appeared along the horizon.  i like how the pink hues are still in the sky and the low sun is rim lighting the bird. Worthwhile getting up early for.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x III converter.  Car as hide.
1/160s, f/5.6 @ ISO800.
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227/365 Hoopoe Upupa epops


Often referring to this bird as looking like a ‘pick-axe’, in my opinion the Hoopoe has got to have one of the best latin names in the bird world… Upupa epops!
After successfully raising the first brood this little gift was for the female for the start of the second brood.

Hoopoe, Upupa epops, Hungary, June, 2014
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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226/365 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus


It’s great when everything comes together for an image.  This Green Sandpiper had spent most of the time feeding against a muddy bank offering limited photo opportunities.  I was lucky that the light was really nice when it walked into this clear area of water and started to preen itself.

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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225/365 Black Redstart Pheonicurus ochruros


Wildlife photography at best can be very frustrating and this was one of those times…  Black Redstarts in Hungary are a very common bird but trying to get an image of one that matched the one in my head proved to be a bit more difficult.

With several pairs of Black Redstarts feeding young within a 200m radius of my perch I was expecting a lot of activity but the different pairs have very confirmed feeding boundaries. I did witness 2 individual males singing from the same chimney proclaiming territory so this must have been the boundary between the two territories.

Eventually my patient paid off with the male sitting on the perch and having a preening session. Using a slow shutter speed (which was due to low light conditions) I was able to get a few frames with the head sharp and the rest of the body blurred.

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with Canon 1.4x III teleconverter., car as hide.

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212/365 Canal Zone Tree frog silhouette


Another quick image whilst I have internet.  You just cant come to the rainforest without getting a picture of a frog in silhouette against a banana leaf.  So heres mine! 🙂

Canal Zone Tree Frog, Hypsiboas rufitelus, Costa Rica, January, 2014.

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211/365 King Vulture and Black Vulture


An interesting session in the Vulture hide a few days ago lead to this image of an adult King Vulture and Black Vulture together.  The adult birds are very weird looking but stunning at the same time.

King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa and American Black Vulture Coragyps atratus, Costa Rica, January, 2014.

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205/365 Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta


An image for this evening….
The last hour of sunlight known as the ‘golden hour’ is great for photographing in. I waited for this Avocet to walk through a patch of light where the setting sun would give this nice rim lighting to the bird.

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